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Pre-Admission Advising

For Prospective, Pre-Nursing, and Transfer Students

Prospective nursing students may attend an Undergraduate Informational Session or meet with our Mānoa Peer Advisors. Students interested in changing their major to Pre-Nursing must first attend an Informational Session to meet their first Mandatory Advising requirement.
College-Level Exam Program Option
College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams are a viable option for satisfying course requirements of the Bachelor of Science in nursing programs. Applicants to and students of a SONDH undergraduate nursing program must consult with a SONDH Office of Students Services advisor regarding the use and limitations of non-graded course equivalencies to meet current graduation requirements.

Students who successfully pass a CLEP exam will be awarded college credit toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and, therefore, will not need to take the respective required coursework.

To schedule an appointment to discuss this option, please contact Tracy Chagami, Undergraduate Nursing Academic Advisor at (808) 956-8452 or chagami@hawaii.edu.

Mandatory Advising

All classified Pre-Nursing students are required to obtain semester-specific Mandatory Advising regardless of standing during regular Fall and Spring semesters. Registration holds will be placed on all students not fulfilling this requirement in a timely manner.

Semester 1: General Information

  • Attend an Undergraduate Informational Session OR
  • Meet with our Mānoa Peer Advisor (nadvisor@hawaii.edu)
Semester 2: Progress Evaluation
Semester 3: Goal Evaluation
Semester 4: Progress Toward Degree

Undergraduate Informational Sessions
Informational sessions are held multiple times per semester and are located at UH Manoa Campus, Webster Hall Room 201. Current Manoa students wishing to change their major to Pre-Nursing must attend an informational session. Please see the event calendar on the home page for upcoming informational sessions.
  • Open to all prospective students 
  • Information on the traditional BS in Nursing program 
  • Limited space available on first-come first-seated basis 
  • Fulfills Mandatory Advising Requirement for Semester 1

For information about the Undergraduate Informational Sessions, contact Brian Akiyama, Pre-Nursing Advisor & Admissions Specialist at (808) 956-3794 or akiyamab@hawaii.edu.

Pre-Nursing Advisor

The Pre-Nursing advisor facilitates successful progress toward degree by assisting students to navigate the academic arena. Clarification of educational goals and alignment toward career preferences accompany discussions of the student's academic pathway.

The Pre-Nursing advisor is available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment (see booking calendar at the bottom of the page). Meet with the Pre-Nursing Advisor to fulfill mandatory advising requirments for nursing students in semester 3 and 4, and for UH approvals or verifications. No transfer credit evaluations will be performed. Please see the Office of Admissions or visit www.hawaii.edu/transferdatabase/li.

For questions or inquiries, please contact Brian Akiyama, Pre-Nursing Advisor & Admissions Specialist at (808) 956-3794 or bsnurs@hawaii.edu.
Mānoa Peer Advisors
Manoa Peer Advisors are current Manoa students specifically trained to assist students to navigate the undergraduate requirements. At the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, their knowledge facilitate the campus' mandatory advising requirement in preparation for application to the program. 
Manoa Peer Advisors are available for walk-in meetings and by appointments by emailing nadvisor@hawaii.edu during regular semesters. Meet with the Peer Advisors to discuss general program information and to fulfill mandatory advising requirement for nursing students in semesters 1 and 2. No transfer credit evaluations will be performed. Please see the Office of Admissions or visit www.hawaii.edu/transferdatabase/li.
Spring 2017 Availability
Monday 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday Unavailable
Friday Unavailable


Entrance Exam
All applicants to the BS in Nursing program must submit valid test scores from either the NLN-PAX RN exam or the TEAS exam. Students can choose which test they would prefer to take. Exam scores must be attached to the application when submitted. Please note: exam scores are NOT mix/match between NLN-PAX and TEAS. All minimums must be met for an exam to be considered.

The School of Nursing will accept the following TEAS Adjusted Individual Scores.

  • Overall: 78%
  • Reading: 83.3%
  • Math: 86.7%
  • Science: 66.7%
  • English & Language Usage 80%

TEAS is not proctored at/by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

Achieving the minimum adjusted individual scores on the TEAS or the minimum Relative Performance scores on the NLN-PAX RN Exam does not guarantee admission into the BS in Nursing Program

Please visit the ATI website (https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx) to register. All applicants will be held to ATI policies and procedures as well as the test site policies and procedures to include retaking the exam and any special accommodations. 

As an alternative, prospective exam participants may visit the Kapiolani Community College Testing Center in the Lama Library during the walk-in ATI-TEAS exam periods to complete the exam.  See Walk-In TEAS flyer for details: http://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/academics/programs-of-study/associate-degree-in-nursing-2/adn-special-announcements/ati-teas-exam/

The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa no longer proctors this exam and does not sponsor satellite proctoring sites for the exam. Use of National League of Nursing Pre-Admissions Exam (NLN-PAX) scores will be eligible toward application to the program until further notice.

Minimum Relative Performance scores:
  • Verbal: 50
  • Math: 50
  • Science: 50 
Please visit the NLN website. All applicants will be held to NLN policies and procedures set forth by NLN to include retaking the exam and any special accommodations. Exam results may take several weeks so you should plan to take the NLN-PAX well in advance of the application deadline. 

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